Harvests for the 2016/2017 season are concluding
Most rice harvests are finishing, as usual, in January. However, for late varieties of rice (4-4.5 months varieties) harvests will continue into early February. This is also the harvest period for tubers (cassava and potato in particular). Efforts to control the potato fungus outbreaks in the Fouta Prefectures continues. At the national level, average harvests are expected.
Markets are well supplied and there is a normal seasonal increase of trade on markets. Despite this situation, prices of most local products are tending stable, while the price of imported rice has increased slightly. The price for potatoes has remained atypically high since August. Price increases (15 to 20 percent compared to June 2016) observed since July 2016 have continued for other imported products (sugar, flour, vegetable oil, onions).
Since October, most households have been consuming new harvest stocks and are currently focusing their consumption to secondary staples (cassava, maize, fonio, millet, sorghum) while reducing rice consumption. For the majority of households, the availability of household harvest stocks and good market access will contribute to maintaining (Minimal IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity for the coming months.